EAC Nursing Program ranked number 1 in Arizona

Contributed Photo/Courtesy EAC: EAC’s Nursing Program has been ranked number 1 in Arizona yet again. 

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THATCHER – Eastern Arizona College’s Nursing Program has once again been recognized as the No. 1 nursing program in Arizona by RegisteredNursing.org, a nursing advocacy organization dedicated to promoting excellence in nursing.

The organization analyzed 34 schools in Arizona and ranked the top 10 using current and historical pass rates from the Registered Nurse National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

“We are so proud to be ranked the #1 nursing school in Arizona,” said Sara Lemley, EAC director of nursing and nursing assistant programs. “EAC’s Nursing Program has remarkable faculty and an extraordinary student body. We are dedicated to helping our graduates become safe, caring, and accountable professional nurses.”  

The ranking process for this recognition utilized National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) rates. EAC’s graduating nursing class of 2021 received a 96.67% percent NCLEX pass rate. For perspective, the average NCLEX pass rate for Arizona was 87.37%, and the average national pass rate was 82.48%.

“We are proud to be at the top of the list of so many esteemed nursing programs,” said Todd Haynie, EAC president. “This recognition speaks volumes about how much our faculty and staff care about preparing outstanding practitioners and leaders.”

EAC’s Nursing Program is located at the Gila Pueblo, Payson, and Thatcher campuses. Prospective students should contact admissions@eac.edu or (928) 428-8396. Nursing applications are due Nov. 30 for the spring semester and April 1 for the fall semester. There is currently no waiting list.

About EAC’s Nursing Program

For more than 30 years, EAC’s Nursing Program has prepared students for immediate entry into the workforce and for pursuing advanced practice, leadership, administration, education, and research roles. Graduates can be found working almost anywhere – hospitals, communities, schools, homes, and battlefields – positively contributing to and impacting the quality of healthcare delivery. The program features concurrent enrollment programs with Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, and Northern Arizona University, allowing students to obtain a bachelor of science in nursing while completing an associate degree. The baccalaureate program offers hybrid classes, highly qualified faculty, and special reduced tuition rates for EAC students.